Why men avoid discussing suicide with their physicians?

One of the primary reasons behind why older men hesitate in discussing suicidal tendencies with their physicians was the fear of psychiatric hospitalization, revealed a recent prelaunch assessment of a multimedia program called Men and Providers Preventing Suicide (MAPS). The multimedia program was aimed at encouraging older men to openly talk about suicidal tendencies or thoughts with their primary care providers and was lined to be integrated into the waiting areas of physicians across health systems. Continue reading

Millennial women more worried about their mental health than heart health

Millennial women worry more about their mental health, in comparison to their heart health, revealed a recently released report by the American Heart Association (AMA). Despite being the foremost cause of death in women, the AMA discovered that more than 75 percent of the young women were not much concerned about developing a heart disorder. This is because these women were more worried about other health concerns and the impact of heart health or how women were affected by heart health was not reaching them. Continue reading

Study links elevated anxiety, depression, and ADD to hyperhidrosis

Patients struggling with hyperhidrosis, a disorder causing excessive sweating, may increase one’s propensity to develop anxiety, depression or attention deficit disorder (ADD), revealed a recent publication presented at the 2019 yearly meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Lead study investigator Dee Anna Glaser, MD, said that the psychological challenges faced by her patients initiated this study. Continue reading

Ensuring mental health well-being at workplace

Workplace stress is common and a serious problem as it might to lead anxiety, depression and many other mental health problems. Untreated mental health problems can lead to adverse health consequences like loss of productivity at work, relationship problems, and violent behavior among others. People often neglect their mental health and pay more attention to their physical health. Nonetheless, it is important to make mental well-being a priority so that one has a fulfilling career. Continue reading

Men’s Health Week: President Trump encourages men to proactively seek help for mental health conditions

‘Health is wealth’ is an old adage, but not many people tend to follow it. Considering the busy lifestyle and hectic schedules, people often ignore their health, especially mental health. Due to the stigma associated with mental health issues, men very conveniently try to keep these problems within wraps, instead of seeking help. Even if not associated with sins of past lives, black magic or result of poor deeds, they are frequently linked with weak moral, lack of willpower and disturbed lifestyle. Continue reading

CDC says suicide rates in US increase by 30 percent since 1999

CDC says suicide rates in US increase by 30 percent since 1999

Several past studies had established that an individual with a mental health issue is more likely to commit or attempt suicide. However, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of the people who committed suicide in 27 states of the United States in 2015 had never been diagnosed with any mental ailment. The report also mentioned that the overall suicide rates increased by more than 30 percent in nearly half of the country during 1999-2016. Continue reading

WHO report condemns low standard of European mental health care institutions

WHO report condemns low standard of European mental health care institutions

The standard of mental health care in European countries is quite low, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO). Of the more than 2000 ratings made by national assessment teams, only 25 percent of the institutions spread across the continent conformed to international standards of care – in spite of the fact that nearly 27 percent of the adult population (between 18-65 years) in Europe experienced at least one of a series of mental disorders in the past year. Continue reading

Mental health rating scale to help determine need for professional help

Mental health rating scale to help determine need for professional help

The state of mental health is tied to a great degree to the level of pain a person experiences. Those who have a sounder mental health are likely to recuperate easily and experience less pain on a day-to-day basis compared to those who are suffering from mental ailments. People who have a mental health condition complain of pain in various body parts and fret when things do not go their way. They could also have a nagging pain similar to a migraine pain. Continue reading

Mental health is my new passion, says Michael Phelps

Mental health is my new passion, says Michael Phelps

With the hope of making a difference in the lives of people dealing with mental health problems, 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps recently announced his partnership with Talkspace, an online and mobile therapy company that helps connect therapists to those in need. “I feel like with all the issues we have in this world, this is something where I can truly make significant impact,” said the 32-year-old retired competitive swimmer. Continue reading

Proposed changes in 11th edition of global diagnostic tool can affect identification of PTSD, cautions study

Proposed changes in 11th edition of global diagnostic tool can affect identification of PTSD

On evaluating the revisions introduced in the upcoming 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a study led by the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine has identified that the proposed changes are against the interest of patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the study, the revisions, if implemented, would lead to a decline in the number of individuals coming under the ambit of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a result, the reduction in diagnosis of moderate or early stage PTSD may reduce by up to 57 per cent. Continue reading